On February 12 and 13, 2016, Forklift Danceworks will present RE Source, a free, immersive dance performance showcasing the elaborate services of Goodwill of Central Texas’ massive recycling center. Featuring Goodwill employees as the performers, RE Source will weave together choreographed movement drawn from the employees’ everyday work, recorded interviews, warehouse equipment and machinery, live music, and a one-of-a-kind set and lighting design.
Since 2001, Forklift Danceworks has produced unique performances for capacity audiences ranging from 500 to 3,000. Beginning with months of research in which choreographers embed themselves in the subjects’ workplace, dances are designed together with the employees and inspired by the grace of their everyday work. Past performances have featured firefighters (In Case of Fire), electrical linemen (PowerUP), trash collectors (The Trash Project), arborists (The Trees of Govalle), the Austin Symphony conductor (Solo Symphony), blind individuals and their guide dogs (Sextet), and professional and college-level baseball players (Play Ball Kyoto and Play Ball Downs Field), among many others.
As with all past performances, the goal of RE Source is to tell the stories of community members who often go unnoticed and underappreciated, particularly our civic workforce. By celebrating the extraordinary in the ordinary, Forklift gives performers and audience members the opportunity to see and appreciate each other in new ways.
Funded by Austin, TX (November 2015)